O Rio De JaneiroBruce Weber
A legendary book. This large photobook was Weber’s first since 1983. He traveled to Brazil to capture the lives of models there and the result is a beautiful and exuberant time capsule of 1980s nightlife and culture.
Beautiful book with fold-out pages, printed in duotone and six colours.
“O Rio De Janiero” (1986) was a highly influential book set in the famous Brazilian city and its environs. Its release was accompanied by an exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery which traveled throughout the United States. As described in the Vince Aletti’s “100 Books,” O Rio “brought all the elements of Weber’s commercial work together and was the first to incorporate the vivacious pastiche of original and borrowed material that had become the signature of his issue-filling spreads in Per Lui and L’Uomo Vogue. Weber turned his trademark fiction of youthful exuberance and sexy camaraderie into a fast-paced montage intercut with landscapes, still lifes, news photos, family snapshots, and drawings by Richard Giglio. An extended portrait of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Rickson Gracie ground the book in a passage of documentary realness…but O Rio is most successful as a carefully planned act of seduction.”